Bulk Wild Lettuce Herb Cut & Sifted, Wild Crafted

Lactuca quercina
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[ 1388 ]Lactuca quercina

Wild Lettuce Herb Cut & Sifted, Wild Crafted

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Lactuca quercina, commonly called wild lettuce, is a member of the daisy family that is related to the common garden variety of lettuce that originates from Europe.

The entire plant exudes a sap, or latex, that is applied topically. The dried herb, which contains a variety of sesquiterpene lactones and coumarins, is made into tea. Although this plant is also known as Lettuce Opium, the cultivated form of this herb lacks the narcotic agent found in related species.

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approximate cups to one pound12
active compoundsSesquiterpene lactones, Flavonoids, Coumarins.
plant part usedleaves
processingcut & sifted

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips

storage tipsKeep in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.
appearance & aromaLeafy and green.


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cosmeticStrong infusions are used topically as an antiseptic wash.
culinaryUse in tea blends. The dried herb may also be tinctured or encapsulated.

flavor profile

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wild lettuce herb

Somewhat bitter. Brew with other tea herbs to improve flavor.

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wild lettuce herb

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cut & sifted
wild lettuce herb

Wild lettuce, also called bitter lettuce, is an annual and sometimes biennial herb that is original to Europe. Despite the name, the plant is not a vegetable but a member of the aster family, although the young, tender leaves are still harvested as a salad green in its native region.

Historically, wild lettuce has been used topically to ward off infections and internally to ease digestive upsets and to promote a sense of relaxation and well-being. The plant produces a milky latex sap that hardens with contact with air. At one time, this material was used as a narcotic substitute, giving rise to the common name opium lettuce. However, the active compound in the leaf, lactucopicrin, does not produce narcotic effects. The leaf also contains a number of flavonoids, such as apigenin, quercetin and luteolin.

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